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Col de la Plagnette through Prime of Valloire Ski Station – My Biking Problem

This trip consists of two gravel adventures. First climbing from Valloire to the highest of its Ski Station (2534 metres) through no less than 35 hairpins. Then some very good gravel up a very stunning hidden valley parallel to the paved Galibier street however surrounded by excessive mountains, after which a barely loopy ascent to Col de la Plagnette – bike pushing concerned. Woohoooo !

My spouse and I had been staying in Valloire for 3 nights. Our plan was to do a number of huge hikes and I used to be allowed one (one!) bike trip. So I selected it fastidiously. The truth is, I used our first hike to do some severe route planning:

However my first purpose was to get to the very high of Valloire-Galibier ski station. Ranging from city, for those who look intently on the map you’ll see it’s nothing however hairpins early on. It’s paved for a few kilometres and I handed varied ski chalets, nevertheless it quickly turns into a pleasant gravel ski-lift service street.

I reached the highest of one of many most important chair lifts and there was a pleasant lake.

But it surely was nonetheless a protracted strategy to the excessive level on the high of one other carry. The ultimate couple of kms had been steep and I handed some climbing college kids so slowly that we might have a pleasant chat they usually kindly cheered me on. However I made it! Good views and a flowery top-of-the-resort signal.

Subsequent I descended down one other gravel service street to try to be part of up with the route I had hiked with Doreen the day prior to this. I’m going to submit the photograph once more, however whereas climbing I had been so transfixed with L’Aiguille Noir. I’ve visited Col de la Plagnette from a distinct path earlier than on a mountain bike, however puzzled if it was attainable from this facet.

And now I used to be on my bike heading immediately at this stunning peak.

I knew the gravel street would quickly finish and issues would get trickier. However two pleasant and really match guys in French Nationwide jerseys (ski or VTT or XC ski champions?) coming from different means stated it was tough however not harmful. So I bought on the path.

Some elements had been comparatively simple and a few elements brutal, however I made progress. Notice, the ultimate 3 kms to the col had been primarily bike pushing/carrying.

However I used to be thrilled and relieved to succeed in Col de la Plagnette (2525m):

Excessive I quickly arrived at 2 alpine lakes which can be sadly pretty dry/empty. It was a brief trip to Col des Rochilles (2496m) – which I do know – and a protracted, bumpy descent to Plan Lachat on the Galibier north facet.

See this previous trip for particulars of climbing Col des Rochilles from Plan Lachat and persevering with east previous these lakes all the best way to Briançon: Col Looking Behind Le Grand Galibier

This previous photograph beneath reveals the gorgeous Col des Rochilles descent. It was taken on paved street at 6km marker beneath Galibier summit, however the gravel street is evident on the left. Many hairpins! Anyway it’s enjoyable when a foolish thought is profitable.

View from the 6km-to-go marker on Galibier street

Right here’s a 3D video of this nice route:



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